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Good morning. Can’t stop now. I’m getting my breakfast.
Damned bird.
n zzz
n badcat
I don’t care if you’d prefer tuna, I said EAT your breakfast. 
n beach
n come in
Come on in. The waters lovely (evil chuckle).
n noddys house fly agaric
Fly Agaric… or an elf’s house.
n au.jpg
Today is the first day of…
n one year
A year old.
n dog1
n doghorse1
You face was dirty!
n fall
n friends
Bestest buddies.
n dubrovnik croatia
n safe in the paws
Safe in mum’s loving paws.

n ile de la cité

Paris: Île de la Cité

n flamingo
I’m going to the party as Donald Trump.
n flowers
Long behind us for another year.
n ride
It’s the only way I can ensure that he gets the right cat food.
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Right, that’s the jollity over for the week for you lot. You better get back to the civil war that I heard you’re having. Me, I’m off to play in the forest.



78 thoughts on “SOPPY SUNDAY”

  1. Very nice, and suitably life-reaffirming.

    For the benefit of those as don’t read Cyrillic, the wee shop being approached by the man with a cat as a hat sells groceries, and on the yellow sign underneath, announces fruit & veg – or veg & fruit actually, which is the way round you put it in Russian.

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        1. I went out my front door this morning looking for a square go with any passing fellow Indy supporters and all I got was a dirty look from the woman accross the road.

          She then scuttled back in her house, obviously lacking the stomach for a fair fight.


      1. Hmmm. It’s not a bad name, although I’d have been tempted to pluralise it. Products with an S sounds like you might get more than one thing there, doncha think?


        1. On that photo, because I can’t see the end of the word, I don’t know for sure whether it’s singular or plural. In the singular, it translates fairly neatly into Am Eng “próduce”, but not restricted to fruit & veg. It is, however, a rather lumpen, Soviet-sounding term: in olden times, it would probably have been called a бакалея (bakaljeja), or something based on that.

          Let’s not forget that in French a grocery [the shop] is une épicerie, literally a spice shop, and that “groceries” came to us from French “grosserie” a while ago; its meaning for our purposes is “wholesale trading [shop]”. If you buy something “en gros”, that means “in bulk” or “wholesale”. Funny, because grocers are of course retailers rather than wholesalers.

          A gross – i.e., 144 – is une grosse in French.

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  2. Marvellous stuff and a hellava lot of cats. Is Tris coming round? Autumn (that’s Fall Danny!) is my favourite time of the year. Gorgeous colours. Folk say Croatia is lovely and the picture lends some credence to that!

    Anyway have you been watching Orangutan Jungle School on C4 or C4 catchup?
    Have you really enjoyed it?
    Are you sad it’s over?
    Do you want cheered up?

    Starting Wednesday at 9pm on More 4 is … … …

    Orangutan Jungle School.

    No I’ve no idea why it’s changed channels but it’s still available thereafter on catch up. Also not sure how many new episodes but yeh it’s not finished and we’ll see that second last chap above or their pals playing in the forest.

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    1. Frances Trollope said something like (paraphrasing): In New England, in what Americans call the Fall, the countryside “goes to glory.”

      People are said to travel oceans to see the colors of a New England Autumn. (Sadly, never been there myself.)
      Maybe enough to make you want to live there, until you remember that the Fall comes just before a New England Winter.

      Actually, as far as I can tell, “Autumn” and “Fall” are used almost 50-50 in the states. “Fall” is the older English word and continued to be used by Americans after the word “Autumn” came into later use in Britain.

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      1. In Scots it was – is -hairst, probably derived from the Germanic root for harvest.
        A time o the year whaur it teems doon till it gangs tae a smirr, then roukie, till it teems doon again. Unco coorse.

        Let’s see what you’re made of Danny 🙂

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        1. Maybe something like…….A time of the year where it pours down, till it becomes a light rain, then misty, till it pours down again.

          Unco = Adjective: Strange, Odd Adverb: Very
          Coorse = Impudent

          “Very rude”?

          Seems to lose a lot in translation. 😉

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            1. How anyone in God’s Green Earth thinks Scots is a dialect of English is beyond me. As Danny can confirm even if you speak English as a native, you’ll not understand Scots without translation.

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              1. PP……Before becoming a bit more familiar with it, I didn’t appreciate how much actual translation was involved. I had a professor at university who much appreciated Burns’ poetry, but would always point out that while he wrote some verse in conventional English, his best work was always in Scots.

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      2. Went around New England at this time of year about 25 years ago. My abiding memories are of US cities like Albany being almost totally deserted (and derelict) in the centre and some very strange people in Vermont. Ontario was a lot more normal 🙂

        Who’s going to AUOB Edinburgh? I’ve been looking at getting up there from Leics and depressingly it appears its a tenner cheaper to fly as opposed to the train (cheapest train is £150 return). I fecking hate East Mids airport but its cheaper and even allowing for “security” it’ll be around 6 hours quicker round trip 😦 Looks like I can add on a couple of nights in a hotel near Murrayfield & get change from £300…

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        1. Vestas: Munguin and his team of minders/drivers/lackeys/factotums (or factota) are going as part of a group from Dundee.

          It never ceases to amaze me that the trains in the UK are so expensive. Compared with comparable countries they are less efficient, dirtier, older, slower and twice the price. And they still have a massive taxpayer input. Not John Major’s finest hour.

          Edinburgh Airport is not bad, as airports go!

          Anyone else going?


        2. Vestas……Some of the old cities of New York State, like Albany, have seen their better days. The corruption in New York State government in Albany is legendary, BTW. I always think of the New England states as being Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine….although Maine came a lot later than colonial times and seems odd to be thought of as a part of NEW England with its colonial roots. Technically, New England includes Connecticut and Rhode Island too.

          New Englanders are famously…….well……laconic, and flinty (like the soil.) Think Bernie Sanders! The ones in Massachusetts are revolutionaries of course, and the state motto of Vermont is “Live free or die.” If you want warmth and instant acceptance, New England would not be the place to go. 😉

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          1. It seemed to be just Vermont and upper NY state TBH.

            Maine (once you get past the accents) seemed pretty friendly but that’s probably because the entire coastline from Hampton to Bar Harbor seems to be tourist central so they’re chasing summer dollars 🙂

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            1. Vestas……Vermont has a lively history. It was disputed territory in colonial times……between New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts……in the days of Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys. It was effectively an independent republic for 14 years, before joining the original 13 states as the 14th, in 1791. Maine did not enter the union until 1820 as the 23rd state.

              The so-called “down east” or “downeast” accent of east coastal Maine is very distinctive. It’s very different from the equally distinctive accents of Vermont and New Hampshire. Coastal Maine does indeed do a thriving tourist business from the big population centers to the south.

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                1. Tris…….Yes, the first sheriff in the series, Amos Tupper (played by Tom Bosley), and Doc Seth Hazlitt (William Windom) did great Maine accents.

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                    1. Tris…….Yes, Amos and Seth were the native born down east speakers. After Tom Bosley left the series, the second sheriff was named Mort Metzger (had to look it up…..didn’t like him as much as Amos.) The Mort character was a transplanted New Yorker who had been with the New York City Police Department, and moved to Maine for the peace and quiet. So he didn’t have to have a Maine accent.

                      I’m not sure that Jessica’s birthplace was ever established…….or exactly when she moved to Cabot Cove. She had gone to school in Vermont or New Hampshire, but didn’t have that accent either 😉


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                    2. Tris…..Yes I saw that too. Windom’s career in TV and movies spanned more than 50 years. He was a fine actor, and I think his role on Murder She Wrote was among his best.

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      3. Interesting, Danny. I was one of those who believed that Fall was just an American word for Autumn.

        It’s certainly beautiful up New England way and into Québec.

        But it is beautiful here too.

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      4. (adopts unbearably pompous tone of voice) Some of you may not know that the Poles (and Czechs, Croats, Serbs and probably various others that I can’t be bothered researching) never adopted the Western way of naming months, preferring to stick to the old, pre-Christian Slavic names.

        The timing of the months within the year differed too, because it got out of sync with the Julian to Gregorian give-us-back-our-11-days calendar reform . Different countries also had different ideas about what date it was in the Julian calendar anyway, which must have contributed significantly to the sum total of human happiness.

        So, in Polish and Czech, listopad – leaf-fall – is November, but in Serbian / Croatian it’s October. Just for starters.

        The Julian / Gregorian calendar issue also means that the October Revolution in Russia in 1917 actually happened in November by our (Gregorian) calendar.

        Though Russians now use the Gregorian calendar for all normal purposes, the Orthodox Church has stuck to the Julian one, and that’s why Orthodox Christmas is on or about 7 January by our reckoning.

        It also means that in various parts of the former Yugoslavia, it was possible to enjoy Christmas twice, still is among civilized people, and consume twice the usual, excessive, amount of food and drink that goes with it. Them. I seem to remember a rather wonderful Karađorđeva šnicla once in Ada Huja, Belgrade, one Orthodox Christmas long ago, before the raki and the rakija set in. I mean, before I got sloshed that night, rather than before the civil war and the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia. I do remember that the restaurant was right next to a used car dump, which you had to drive through to get to. Very odd. I do not, however, remember leaving the same way.

        That toponym – Ada Huja – means, through Turkish, the Island of Rustling (the sound, not stealing cattle). It tickled my Russian-speaking parts, though, because in Russian “ада / ada”is the genitive case of “ад / ad “, meaning “hell”, and “хуя / huja” is the genitive case of “хуй / huj” – sorry, those Js are pronounce like the Y in Yes – which means “prick”, “cock” and suchlike terms for penis.

        This is just one example of how it is possible to get into trouble when you think you understand things but don’t.

        Another would be asking for a match in the S.-C.-speaking parts of the Balkans, i.e., a match as in lighting a cigarette, in Russian, thinking that it would be the same word in S.-C. Unfortunately, the word for “match” in Russian – “спичка / spička” sounds nothing like any of the names for such things in that part of the world, but does sound uncommonly like the word “пичка / pička”, which means the -er – thing that Donald Trump enjoys grabbing women by, and any Southern Slavs who hear it will generally laugh their socks off at you (because of course everyone knows what the Russian word actually means, because it’s an old, old joke, and the responses to it are based on “Well, you can’t have mine” and “Sorry, I don’t have one and wouldn’t give it to you even if I did”, depending).

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        1. Ed……Interesting (and entertaining) on all counts! As for the calendar, I can never keep track of Old Style and New Style and which countries adopted the Gregorian calendar and when. When you go back far enough, it’s all O.S., and that’s just built into the the dates in historical sources. You can just ignore the fact that old dates don’t correspond with modern dates; but sooner or later, Wikipedia gives dates in a listing as O.S. AND N.S, and you are forced to realize that dates are arbitrary things that don’t really mean very much as historical milestones.

          When I was a kid, it was a great revelation to discover that after August, the month names are numbers. But they’re the WRONG numbers by two, and ultimately we have the old ten-month Roman calendar to thank for that. Any study of the old Roman calendar gets bogged down in that “Ides” of March stuff which is beyond human understanding IMHO. The twelve month Julian calendar could have renamed the months and corrected the number-name mismatch after August, but didn’t.

          I like the fact that the origin of “Fall” probably came from the idea of “fall of the leaf,” and that the word was popular during the 17th century, when North America began to be colonized. Also that “Autumn,” which came from Old French and Latin, had been around since the 12th century, and came into popular use over a span of years that had less force in America. Maybe something that came from “harvest,” as in the Scots might have been an even better choice.

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    2. Cats are nice, PP, as long as they aren’t making the grounds of the Towers into a bathroom facility.

      Croatia is beautiful.

      I’ve been a few times and it’s quite breathtaking. Added to which, the people are lovely and their president is an inspiring woman.

      Look forward to more about our little cousins.


  3. Amazing view of Ile de la Cite! Who knew there is anything on the island except an old church?

    Paris was a tough town. River view of Pont-Neuf. Plaque is on bridge behind the trees.

    Trivia Q: What island in the Seine within the city of Paris has the same name as a city in Missouri, USA?

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    1. Actually, it’s quite a busy place that island. Along with Notre Dame de Paris, there is a massive police HQ, out of which Maigret allegedly worked.

      Happily, Danny, they don’t go around burning people these days.

      I wonder what the order of the temple was, and why Jaques was the last grand master… and what he did yo get himself burnt back there in 1314, when far more important things were going on.

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      1. Public burnings and then the guillotine! What IS it with those Parisians?

        I was surprised to see all the big buildings from the aerial view.

        As I recall, without going to Wiki, Philip the Fair of France was deeply in debt to the Knights Templar. So he just had them all arrested, and burned some of them. None of them ever pressed the issue of the debt again. As for why Jacques de Molay was the last Grand Master, I imagine there were just no more applicants for the job after he was burned. 😉

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        1. Probably shouldn’t mention the cat burnings that were popular in the 18th century then 😉

          From wikipedia (not the best source I agree) :

          “It was the custom to burn a basket, barrel, or sack full of live cats, which was hung from a tall mast in the midst of the bonfire; sometimes a fox was burned. The people collected the embers and ashes of the fire and took them home, believing that they brought good luck. The French kings often witnessed these spectacles and even lit the bonfire with their own hands. In 1648 Louis XIV, crowned with a wreath of roses and carrying a bunch of roses in his hand, kindled the fire, danced at it and partook of the banquet afterwards in the town hall. But this was the last occasion when a monarch presided at the midsummer bonfire in Paris. At Metz midsummer fires were lighted with great pomp on the esplanade, and a dozen cats, enclosed in wicker cages, were burned alive in them, to the amusement of the people. Similarly at Gap, in the department of the Hautes-Alpes, cats used to be roasted over the midsummer bonfire.”


        2. Indeed… It was also an example of the use of black propaganda by Phillipe le Bel to sway the public mood: among other things, the Templars were said to worship a demon called Baphomet. It was an age when teachings that went against the vested interests of the Church were generally defined as heresies, whether they were or not, by the circular logic of differing from whatever the Church had decided was infallible Papal doctrine that particular Tuesday. Cf. Cathars / Albigensians, and Bogomils. Also Manichæanism. The various flavours of Protestanism came later… Oh, and before he offed the Templars, he expelled the Jews from France.

          Not a very nice person, really.

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          1. Ed……In my view, Phillipe le Bel was not very fair.

            As for the Jews, I read that when Jacques de Molay was burned at the stake in 1314, the location was on the Île aux Juifs.

            Wiki: “Île aux Juifs, Paris, also called Île des Templiers, was an island on the Seine in Paris situated just west of the Île de la Cité. The island was named for the number of executions of Jews that took place on it during the Middle Ages. It still exists, though it was joined to the Île de la Cité when the Pont Neuf was built.”

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            1. Ooh, excellent! I did not know that. I shall try to find room for it in my cluttered and malfunctioning memory, but who knows if it will remain in place…

              BTW, did you hear what the Hunchback of Notre Dame said when he went to see his shrink? No?

              He said “I’m not even a real Modo, I’m only a Quasimodo”.

              I shall now leave, smart-like.

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  4. tick tock its only 7 months of brexit left and politics starts again this week after the summer break. Looking forward to the rammy continuing.
    Continuation of the #SNPCivilWar below for those who missed the decisive first battle of Buckie

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      1. *Tris opens window to gaze upon an urchin below*

        “Hallo, my fine fellow!”

        “Hallo!” returned the boy.

        “Do you know the Poulterer’s, in the next street but one, at the corner?” Tris inquired.

        “I should hope I did,” replied the lad.

        “An intelligent boy!” said Scrooge. “A remarkable boy! Do you know whether they’ve sold the prize Turkey that was hanging up there — Not the little prize Turkey: the big one?”

        “What, the one as big as me?” returned the boy.

        “What a delightful boy!” said Tris. “It’s a pleasure to talk to him. Yes, my buck.”

        “It’s hanging there now,” replied the boy.

        “Is it?” said Tris. “Go and buy it.”

        “Walk-er!” exclaimed the boy.

        “No, no,” said Tris, “I am in earnest. Go and buy it, and tell them to bring it here, that I may give them the direction where to take it. Come back with the man, and I’ll give you a shilling. Come back with him in less than five minutes and I’ll give you half-a-crown.”

        The boy was off like a shot. He must have had a steady hand at a trigger who could have got a shot off half so fast.

        *Tris shuts the window, and sits down upon his Master’s leather armchair.*

        “War is Hell” he mused…

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        1. Indeed, indeed… you might well have been there.

          But obviously it wasn’t a turkey. Rather a nice partridge … and the urchin brought the pear tree back too, bless him.

          It was worth the tip of a half of a groat.


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